Enriching lives by protecting, restoring and utilizing Nebraska's tree and forest resources

Nebraska Forest Service: A Brief Overview

Forests and trees are an important resource in Nebraska. The native and planted woodlands of Nebraska provide benefits for all citizens, including protection for our valuable soils, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, wood products and beauty.

As a part of the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Forest Service provides education and services to the people of Nebraska covering all aspects of planting, protection, care and utilization of our forest and tree resources.

Learn more about Nebraska's forest resources by visiting the State Forester's page and find out about NFS technical assistance, programs and resources.

We have authored a variety of publications and provide access to forestry links from forestry organizations and agencies across the country.

If you have a tree question or any question about Nebraska Forest Service programs, ask a forester!

Nebraska Forest Facts

1.57 million


There are approximately 1.57 million acres of forest land in Nebraska.

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90%


Ninety percent of Nebraska’s forest land is owned by private landowners.

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1.47 million


Approximately 94 percent (1.47 million acres) of Nebraska’s forest land is capable of producing commercial timber.

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2.1 billion


The estimated volume of all live trees on Nebraska forest land is approximately 2.1 billion cubic feet (43.8 million dry tons).

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4.1 million


Approximately 4.1 million cubic feet of industrial roundwood was harvested from Nebraska forests in 2010; approximately 72 percent of this lumber was sawlogs, producing 68,000 tons of residue.

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77%


Seventy-seven percent of wood residue generated in Nebraska’s sawmills is used for products such as specialty boards, animal bedding, litter, mulch and industrial fuel.

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36


Contracts with 18 aerial applicators provide the Nebraska Forest Service access to 36 aircraft capable of direct attack on Nebraska wildfires.

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11,375 acres


11,375 acres of overly dense forested thinned in Niobrara Valley and Pine Ridge.

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$77 million


Community trees provide $77 million in benefits from protection, pollution removal, and carbon capture and storage.

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13,000


There are more than 13,000 miles of farmstead and acreage windbreaks that save Nebraskans millions in increased crop yields and provide protection for soil and water.

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500,000


More than 500,000 acres of Nebraska burned in the 2012 wildfires, the largest on record.

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38,000


There are 38,000 new acres of eastern redcedar forest every year in Nebraska.

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300,000


More than 300,000 tons of eastern redcedar biomass is added to Nebraska's forests each year.

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984,200


There are more than 13.3 million trees in Nebraska communities. Ash trees represent about 7.4 percent of all community trees - 984,200, that could be threatened by emerald ash borer in the near future.

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13.3 million


There are more than 13.3 million public and private trees in Nebraska communities.

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$13.5 million each year


Potential revenue from eastern redcedar utilized as biofuel in Nebraska: $13.5 million.

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200,000


The redcedar-fueled boiler at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis heats more than 200,000 square feet of building space.

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$34 million


Nebraska Forest Service's estimated annual economic impact and public benefit: $34 million.

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480


The Nebraska Forest Service has refurbished more than 480 used military vehicles for use by rural fire districts.

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$45 million


The Nebraska Forest Service has saved Nebraska fire departments more than $45 million by refurbishing and repurposing used military vehicles into usable fire equipment.

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